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Flanders’ indigenous box office bonanza in 2003

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The truly gigantic success at the local box office of Erik Van Looy’s De zaak Alzheimer (The Alzheimer Case) and Jan Verheyen’s Team Spirit II, in combination with indigenous arthouse hits such as Tom Barman’s Any Way the Wind Blows and the Oscar-nominated French-Flemish-Canadian-UK co-production Les triplettes de Belleville (Belleville Rendezvous/The Triplets of Belleville) resulted in a quadrupling of admissions for Flemish films last year. A total of well over 1 million Flemish and Br...

Perspektive Deutsches kino pre fest winners

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Pre-festival Laurels: Two Perspektive Deutsches Kino Films Win Prestigious AwardsJust one day before the beginning of the 54th Berlin International Film Festival, two films from the series Perspektive Deutsches Kino made a big splash in Saarbrücken und Rotterdam: Muxmäuschenstill, actor Marcus Mittermeier’s directing debut, was awarded not only the main award at the “Max Ophüls Prize” film festival for up-and-coming German-language filmmakers in Saarland’s capital last Sunday, but als...

SBIFF reveals the <i>guts and glory</i> of directing

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2004 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Reveals the Guts and Glory of Directing From Peter Biskind’s documentary, Don’t Bank on Amerika to Denys Arcand’s, The Barbarian Invasions Santa Barbara never ceases to amaze us. On Saturday, January 31st a panel of eight prominent directors answered Biskind’s Q’s at the 2004 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It is an event like this Directors on Directing panel that inspires and intrigues us as filmmakers, film enthusiasts, and f...

Exhibitors listing

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Listing of companies by alphabetical orderAction Concept GermanyApex International USAArdustry Home Entertainment USAAugust Sun Productions USAAV Pictures Limited United KingdomAward Pictures USABanana Films BelgiumBecker Films International AustraliaBirch Tree Entertainment USABlue Star Movies ItalyBollywood Eros Networ United KingdomBrazos Pix USABristol Media International USACanonigo Films, Spain SpainCelebration Pictures ...

The Conference program

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AFM FINANCE CONFERENCE FRIDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 9am - 10:40amThe Future of Feature Film Financing: The Financiers & Facilitators11am - 12:40pmThe Future of Feature Film Financing: The CEOsAFM SEMINARS SATURDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 3pmThe New Cool Corners of Co-ProductionProgrammed by: Women In Film InternationalMONDAY, 1 MARCH 11amInnovative Models of Independent Film DistributionProgrammed by: Directors Guild of America2pmProduce This! The Business of Being CreativeProgrammed by: Producers Guild of America ...

Pat Ferns Banff CEO, about the Festival silver anniversary

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BANFF to Celebrate 25th Anniversary with a Salute to CanadaLast week in Ottawa Pat Ferns, president and CEO of the Banff Television Foundation, unveiled the first details on the silver anniversary Banff Television Festival, June 13-17. During the Canadian Film and Television Production Association’s annual conference, Pat Ferns announced that Tuesday, June 15 will be a day of celebrations including a special Salute to Canada during the evening Tribute show. The Salute to Canada will feature th...

AKAB short movie festival

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Kass Thomas, director of AKAB SHORT MOVIE FESTIVAL, is pleased to announce the start of the 3° edition of this international festival of short films The festival, which includes an international competition, will host over 70 films on the theme “ Vices & Virtues: ”.The films, from 12 different countries, are in original language with subtitles in Italian or English, and many have never been screened in Italy before.AKAB SHORT MOVIE FESTIVAL Over 300 international shorts resp...

<i>Evil</i> Winner of 3 Swedish Awards and Oscar nomination

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Swedish "Guldbagge" (Golden Beetle) Awards Evil directed by Mikael Håfström took home "Golden Beetles" for best Swedish film of 2003, best cinematography (Peter Mokrosinski) and best set design (Anna Asp) on January 26th.Set in the 1950's the film is about an exclusive school for young men run by bullies that subjugate their peers while teachers and staff look the other way. Erik (Andreas Wilson) stands up to his tormentors and earns the name 'Rat'.The film is an adaptation of the semi-biog...

Santa Barbara <i>ambiance</i>

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Santa Barbara -- Meni's latest CGI short “Terra” screened here the opening weekend of The Santa Barbara International Film Festival's short film program. This, the 19th year of this Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences accredited festival, featured the most talked about writers and directors of the year along with an eclectic international film program. Director Aristomenis (Meni) Tsirbas joined over 80 filmmakers who presented their work in this scenic retreat just 90 miles north of ...

Bangkok International Festival Awards

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The Golden Kinnaree Award brings to the film festival both a symbol of Thai mythology and a history for the Bangkok Int'l Film Festival's awards. The esthetically beautiful design of the award signifies principles, rationality and inspiration. The figure of a half-human half-bird is called Kinnon for male and Kinnaree for female , and relates to the ancient beliefs in folklore referred to in Buddhism and Hinduism among countries in Asia, including Thailand. Accoding to Buddhist and Hindu legends...

Rotterdam Berlinale express market

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Rotterdam-Berlinale Express 2004: Rotterdam's CineMart and the new Berlinale Co-Production Market collaborate.The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and the Berlin International Film Festival will continue with the 'Rotterdam-Berlinale Express'. Five CineMart 2004-projects will be presented during the Berlinale Co-Production Market, which will take place on Sunday, February 8, and Monday, February 9, 2004.The five selected projects in the Rotterdam-Berlinale Express 2004 are:3 NEEDLES;...

D- Fest on Digital cinema network

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Launch of the the first nationally syndicated film festivalEmerging Pictures and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival have recently announced at the Sundance Film Festival that they are jointly developing a nationally syndicated festival utilizing Emerging Pictures’ digital cinema network. The syndicated festival will be contemporaneous with the flagship festival in Durham, North Carolina and exhibit in as many as 20 cities. The deal will allow audiences throughout the country—for the ...

Fribourg Fest 18th has memory

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Fribourg International Film Festival – 18th edition / 21st – 28 March 2004That we may not forget, the 18th edition of the Fribourg International Film Festival is placed under the sign of remembrance. There is the remembrance of peoples and that of conflicts; the remembrance of crises and that of roots. The cinema is a powerful remembering machine. Fernando Solanas knows that well. He questions the Argentine crisis of December 2001 in his new film, co-produced by Thelma Films, “La Memoria d...

Best of MIFF fest screenings in LA

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Andrea Galante, Director of The Milan International Film Festival, in association with the Consul General of Italy, Diego Brasoli, the UK Film Council and the Austrian Consul General, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, announce of the “Best of the Fest” awards presentation and screenings. Starting January 29th, for 4 consecutive Thursdays, the winners of the 4th annual MIFF, which occurred over 14 days Autumn 2003, will have their films screened in the plush Sala Rossellini at The Italian Cultural I...

Berlinale 4 Camera Awards

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Berlinale Camera AwardsThe Berlinale Camera is awarded to film personalities to whom the Berlin International Film Festival feels particularly indebted. By bestowing this honor, the Berlinale wants to express its gratitude and appreciation. The Berlinale Camera has been awarded since 1986. This year it will be donated for the first time by the jeweler Georg Hornemann from Düsseldorf. At the 54th Berlinale the pianist Willy Sommerfeld, the producer Regina Ziegler, the photographer Erika Rabau an...

Oscar – and Latin Flair - is in the air at Santa Barbara

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Oscar – and Latin Flair - is in the air at Santa Barbara This year’s Santa Barbara Film Festival feels like an Academy Awards kick-off party thanks to appearances by directors, producers and screenwriters associated with Oscar hopefuls from Lord of the Rings to Monster. SBIFF unspooled Friday night with a screening of Argentina’s official Academy Award foreign language submission Valentin. Alejandro Agresti’s comedy, about a little boy who yearns for a mother, did not make it to the Osc...

Sarasota awards announce

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January 31st, the Competition and Audience Awards for the 6th Annual Sarasota Film Festival were announced. Among this year’s Jury are Acquisitions Executive for IFC, Kelly DeVine; Managing Editor of IndieWire & IFCRant, Wendy Mitchell; Film Editor, Cynthia Scheider; Exec. Director of Women Make Movies, Debra Zimmerman; Producer & Bravo!FACT Board Member, Paul Gratton; Sundance Channel’s Senior Vice President of Film Programming, Paola Freccero; Producer Jeffrey Kramer; and President, Inte...

Victoria opens festivals to film lovers

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The 2004 Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival opened to an enthusiastic crowd with WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF. This UK/Denmark film has been a hit on the festival circuit and Executive Director Kathy Kay knew she picked a winner for the filmgoers of Victoria Island. Now in it’s 10th year this Annual Festival officially kicks off the 10 day Festival in the beautiful setting of British Columbia, Canada. WILBER WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF tells the story of two brothers Wilbur and Harbour and...

Rotterdam audience award to La Meglio Gioventu

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33rd International Film Festival RotterdamJanuary 21 - February 1, 2004Giordana's LA MEGLIO GIOVENTÙ grabs KPN Audience AwardClosing up February 1, 2004, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has equalled its 2003 attendance record of 355.000 visits to its films, exhibitions, debates and talkshows. Among the nearly 2,500 IFFR 2004 festival guests, the attendance of filmmakers Takeshi Kitano, Catherine Breillat and legendary footballer Johan Cruijff (subject of the Dutch documentary J...

Wild and Scenic Environmental Film awards

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Daryl Hannah highlights environmental film festival weekendNevada City is earning its place on the map for being more than just a quaint, historic gold mining town. The largest single watershed organization in the state, the South Yuba River Citizens League(SYRCL, pronounced ‘circle’), calls the town home, and they have spawned an event that people are talking about all over the West—the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. On January 9 and 10, 2004, the 2nd Annual Wild and Scenic ...

Berlinale Special: a new section

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The International Film Festival has created a new series in its Official Programme: the Berlinale Special. In it the latest works of great filmmakers will be screened as well as reshowings of important film works, and productions related to the Festival’s special focuses or to particularly explosive political topics.This year’s series includes three reshowings, the most recent films of master directors Peter Greenaway and Ermanno Olmi, two productions examining the political past, and three ...

Santa Barbara Digital Days live webcast Feb 7th

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Santa Barbara International Film Festival Presents the 6th Annual Digital Days, an interactive showcase and forum featuring screenings, presentations, seminars and classes to be held Saturday, Feb 7, 2004. Highlighting state-of-the-art digital moviemaking and multimedia, Digital Days 2004 will provide area youth and film enthusiasts with an up-close and hands on experience with the latest digital software and computer technologies. Industry veterans and digital arts professionals will take part ...

Century City Fest: this new fest in the circuit wants your best...

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CENTURY CITY LAUNCHES INAUGURAL FILM FESTIVAL WITH ED WOOD AWARDThe 1st Annual Century City Film Festival (CCFF) “wants your best... and all the rest!” Film submissions are officially being accepted for the fall fest slated for October 27-30, 2004.Cult favorite writer/director Ed Wood will also be honored. A special award named after Wood will be given to the top filmmaker under the “Non-Traditional” category. This category invites submissions from filmmakers that include “B-Movie,...

Rotterdam awards En Route, The Missing and Summer...

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33rd International Film Festival RotterdamWednesday, January 21 - Sunday, February 1, 2004During the IFFR 2004 Awards Ceremony on Friday, January 30, 2004 in Concert and Congress Centre 'de Doelen' in Rotterdam, the winning films of the 33rd International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three VPRO Tiger Awards were granted to BU JIAN (THE MISSING) by Lee Kang-sheng from Taiwan, UNTERWEGS (EN ROUTE) by Jan Krüger from Germany and the Hubert Bals Fund supported LJETO U ZLATNOJ DOLNINI...

Howard Shore live LOTR concert in Antwerp

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Howard Shore presents The Lord of the Rings symphony in six movements for orchestra and chorus in sportpaleis of Antwerp on April 16th. The concert is a one-time European première. Once again Shore is nominated for the coming 76th Academy Award ceremony at the end of February. He is nominated for best score and best song (Into the west) for The Lord of the Rings - the return of the king. In 2002, he won an Oscar for best score for The Lord of the Rings - the two towers.Academy Award winning co...
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